, one of 24 players to win a Stanley Cup, a World Championship and an Olympic gold medal, is calling it a career.
Modin, 36, who’s been plagued by back problems in recent years, reportedly has decided to retire after a season that saw him limited to just 40 games -- 36 with Atlanta and four for Calgary after a late-season trade. He had 7 goals and 10 points, all with the Thrashers.
“It is not an easy decision to make,” Modin told the Swedish newspaper Dagbladet. “But it the right decision for the future. The most important thing is to be healthy and my back has been hurting for a while now. After all, I am soon 37 and things don’t get any easier.”
Modin was a key member of the 2004 Stanley Cup champion Tampa Bay Lightning
, scoring 29 goals and a career-high 57 points during the regular season, then adding 8 goals and 19 points in 23 games as the Bolts won the first championship in franchise history.
"For us, he wasn't underrated," Lightning captain Vincent Lecavalier
told the St. Petersburg Times. "He was a huge part of our team. He was a great leader and great for us."
In 898 NHL games with Toronto, Tampa Bay, Columbus, Los Angeles, Atlanta and Calgary, Modin scored 232 goals and added 230 assists for 462 points, along with 453 penalty minutes. He had 14 goals and 26 points in 57 playoff games.
Modin was also a member of Sweden’s 1998 World Championship team and played for the Swedes when they won gold at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Torino, Italy.